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Just diagnosed with early stage Alzheimers.

By November 23, 2013 - 12:01pm

My neurologist put me on meds. I felt shocked, and just sat there as the doctor talked to my daughter-in-law.
This on top of my physical handicaps, nodules found in my lungs and the tremors which have taken away my ability to draw. Drawing was always my way of defusing my fears, emotions and my way of 'hiding' from my problems I was not ready to face at the time. It gave me time to think and defuse, if that makes sense.
I also learned 2 weeks weeks ago that I have an eye disease which will take the sight of my remaining eye. I lost one to cancer in '97. I am taking online classes, doing something I enjoy - wring poetry, my family history, using profiles in many instances. It become visually difficult at times, but the studies are helping me emotionally and mentally.
I know Alzheimers is progressive, but I have heard that keeping your mind active will help prolong the time before progression.
Does anyone know if this is true?
Are there other things that I should know that will help?
Thank you,

By HERWriter Guide December 10, 2013 - 11:26am

Hi Nettie

I am so sorry about your diagnoses.

You are correct that using your brain as much as you can can improve memory and keep you sharper.

Sudoku, crosswords, card games, watching Jeopardy, shows on science and nature - things that make you think as well as feel, can really help.

There is also a website designed for stimulating the brain called Lumosity. I think you may have to pay a small fee but it may be worth it.

Join discussion groups at the local library, listen to talk radio and be as active as you can with your friends and family.

It's called the "use it or lose it" rule for the body and mind.

It sounds like you are doing a lot of this already so keep it up and increase when you can!

We hope to hear back from you!


December 10, 2013 - 11:26am

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